Environment

Bee Health
2:03 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Major Retailers To Be Asked To Stop Selling Pesticides, Garden Plants.

A dead Honey Bee
Credit beyondtoxics.org

Valentine's Day celebrates the "birds and the bees." Lately, bees have not been doing so well. Saturday, thousands of people in five cities including Eugene will ask major retailers to remove certain pesticides and garden plants, blamed for killing bee populations.

Supporters want major retailers Home Depot and Lowes to stop selling pesticides and garden plants containing neonicotinoids . The chemical is used to fight aphids and other leaf eating insects. Lisa Arkin of the environmental group Beyond Toxics says neonicotinoids are found in the soil of plants sold at those stores.

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weather
11:57 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Crews Work to Restore Power to Thousands After Storm

Credit EWEB Facebook page

Thousands of Oregonians were still without power Monday morning after Saturday's ice storm. Crews from local utilities have been working long hours to restore it but for a few people the wait may go into tomorrow.

As of Monday morning about 14 hundred Eugene Water & Electric customers were without power.  EWEB's Joe Harwood estimates Saturday morning about 6 thousand had their power out. Harwood says Saturday's ice storm was unprecedented:

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Weather
5:38 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Monday Weather Closures And Delays

Updated 8:15  a.m. Monday

Transportation

• Lane Transit District - 24 will not serve Pearl St. and 34th-it will stay on Donald
28 will not serve Martin, service will end at Snell.
41 & 43 will not run on 8th-using 6th or 7th instead.
EmX using alternative stop at Hilyard Station only. Posted: Mon. 10th, 06:31 AM

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weather
5:03 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Friday Weather Closures And Delays

  • Tonight's (Sat. 2/8) UO Opera Ensemble presentation "A Tale of Two Women" has been cancelled or postponed. As of this writing (9:40 a.m. on 2/8), the Sun. 2/9 presentation is still planned, though this may change.
  • The Eugene Folklore Event for Saturday, Feb.. 8th has been cancelled.

Updated 10:12 a.m. Saturday

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weather
5:55 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Weather Related School Closures and Delays

Updated at 12:25 p.m. Thursday

Oregon State Police report hazardous road and weather on I-5 between Salem and Eugene and urge caution.  Request people not drive unless they have to. 

All Lane Community College Campuses will close today (Thursday, February 6) at 1 p.m.

Counties
Benton County and City of Corvallis offices are closing due to snow and icy conditions across the county as of 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6.

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forest policy
1:25 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Conservation Groups And State Settle Timber Lawsuit

the marbled murrelet is a threatened shorebird that nests in Oregon's coastal forests.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Oregon Department of Forestry has reached a settlement with conservation groups that had sued to prevent logging in forests that are home to a threatened seabird.   The agreement was filed Wednesday in U-S District Court in Eugene and still must be approved by a judge.

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Environment
2:19 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Oregon Chub Could be Taken Off Endangered Species List

The Oregon chub is a tiny minnow found only in the Willamette Basin.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A small minnow native to Oregon's Willamette Valley could be removed from the Federal Endangered Species List. The Oregon chub is the first fish to be de-listed because its population has been restored. The announcement came Tuesday near Eugene.

The Oregon Chub was listed as endangered 20 years ago. At that time there were only about 1000 of the tiny fish in the Willamette Basin. Three years ago it was moved to threatened status. Now, biologists say there are more than 100 thousand Oregon chub.

Bangs: "Bouncing around in my hand. But that's a little Oregon chub."

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Oregon Chub
9:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oregon Minnow Is The First Fish Recovered From Endangered Species List

Oregon Chub
Credit Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

 

A tiny, unsung fish that lives only in Oregon's Willamette Valley is suddenly in the limelight. The Oregon chub is a minnow that was listed as endangered more than 20 years ago. But it’s on the rebound. Three years ago, the species was upgraded to threatened status. Officials are now petitioning to make Oregon chub the first fish ever to be recovered and removed from the endangered species list.

Auer: "Hank! Come."

John Auer and his dog Hank are in the middle of his family's 900-acre farm near Monmouth.

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Winter Weather
7:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Cascade Snowpack Forecast To Get Boost This Weekend

Santiam Pass from Hoodoo.
Credit Shaun Che

The Cascades could see some much-needed snow this weekend, as cold air moves into the Northwest.

The snowpack so far this winter in the Cascades is low – really low.

Pierce: “The mountain areas, and especially on the east side as well, very low snowpack… Some of the lowest snowpack totals that we’ve seen in a couple decades.  In some cases, 20 and 30 year lows.”

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Weather
11:51 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Frigid Weather This Week In Northwest

Freezing rain on a tree branch.
Credit Wikipedia

The northwest is in for another arctic blast this week. Snow is likely this weekend in the lower elevations, including the south Willamette Valley.

Andy Bryant is with the National Weather Service in Portland. He says it will be very cold this week in Oregon. In the Willamette Valley daytime highs will be in the low to mid 30s Wednesday and Thursday. He says overnight lows will be in the teens.

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